Mohamed Atta

1968 - 2001

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Mohamed Mohamed el-Amir Awad el-Sayed Atta ( AT-ah; Arabic: محمد محمد الأمير عوض السيد عطا‎ Muḥammad Muḥammad al-Amir 'Awaḍ as-Sayyid 'Aṭā [mæˈħæmmæd elʔæˈmiːɾ ˈʕɑwɑdˤ esˈsæj.jed ˈʕɑtˤɑ]; September 1, 1968 – September 11, 2001) was an Egyptian hijacker and the ringleader of the September 11 attacks in which four United States commercial aircraft were commandeered with the intention of destroying specific civilian, military, and governmental targets. He served as the hijacker-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11 which he crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center as part of the coordinated attacks. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mohamed Atta has received more than 3,280,652 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Mohamed Atta is the 148th most popular extremist (down from 123rd in 2019), the 373rd most popular biography from Egypt (down from 329th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Egyptian Extremist.

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Among extremists, Mohamed Atta ranks 148 out of 205Before him are Frank James, Tsutomu Miyazaki, Dmitry Ilyich Ulyanov, Anatoly Onoprienko, Dokka Umarov, and Matteo Messina Denaro. After him are Stanley Williams, Charles Starkweather, Bugs Moran, Rodney Alcala, Yigal Amir, and Jan-Carl Raspe.

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Among people born in 1968, Mohamed Atta ranks 78Before him are Kelly Rutherford, Fabrizio Ravanelli, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Billy Boyd, Karl Ove Knausgård, and Paolo Di Canio. After him are Hassan Ali Khayre, Traci Lords, Tony Hawk, Iñaki Urdangarin, Timothy Olyphant, and Colin McRae. Among people deceased in 2001, Mohamed Atta ranks 125Before him are Barend Biesheuvel, Kathleen Freeman, Juan Carlos Lorenzo, Burt Kennedy, Robert Enrico, and Grigory Chukhray. After him are Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Viktor Astafyev, Aaliyah, Jelle Zijlstra, Paul Magloire, and Melanie Thornton.

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Among people born in Egypt, Mohamed Atta ranks 373 out of 520Before him are Nabil Elaraby (1935), Salama Moussa (1887), Neferefre (-2500), Bat Ye'or (1933), Djedefhor (-2600), and Al-Mustakfi I (1285). After him are Lysandra (-300), Ibrahim Moustafa (1904), Mustafa Kamil Pasha (1874), Antonios Naguib (1935), Al-Fa'iz bi-Nasr Allah (1149), and Abbās al-Aqqād (1889).


Among extremists born in Egypt, Mohamed Atta ranks 3Before him are Ayman al-Zawahiri (1951) and Omar Abdel-Rahman (1938). After him are Abu Ayyub al-Masri (1968).